16 May 2019, News
Learners and parents attending the AFDA Port Elizabeth Open Day on the 18 May are in for a treat. There will be a feature with multi-award winning AFDA alumnus, director and writer Brett Michael Innes, who will be sharing his experience in the entertainment industry as well as giving some insight on his new film “Fiela se Kind”, due for release nationwide in September 2019.
After graduating from AFDA, Brett spent three years working as a documentary filmmaker with various NGO’s, a position that has seen him and his camera drive from South Africa to South Sudan twice and kayak through the Okavango Delta.
In 2012 he turned his focus to feature films and completed production on his first feature, “Sink”. “Sink” has been heralded by local critics as a 'breakout film that sets a new standard for South African cinema'. Internationally, it was an Official Selection for the Atlanta Film Festival (2016), International Film Festival of Kerala (2016), Auckland International Film Festival (2016) and Sedona International Film Festival (2017). It was also awarded the Jury Life Award at the Mexico International Film Festival (2016).
The film went on to be nominated for 8 SAFTA’s at the South African Film & Television Awards in 2017 and walked away with 5, including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Editing.
Brett's first novel, The Story of Racheltjie De Beer became a local bestseller, hitting top positions on both local and international charts. His second novel, Rachel Weeping was released in May 2015 and was the manuscript on which the screenplay for 'Sink' was based.
AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.